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Goals

September, 25, 2014 SusanGraham | Posted in: Featured Post

I am a goal setter. I make goals for everything – travel, business, personal, family. You name it – I have already set a goal or am in the process of making one. A goal could be the same as a bucket list, but personally, I think of them as two completely different things. Setting goals, for me, keeps me motivated and gives me focus. I must have been related …

CHANGE

September, 03, 2014 SusanGraham | Posted in: Featured Post

RETREAT

re•treat/riˈtrēt/
noun: retreat; an act of moving back or withdrawing.

Moving back? Withdrawing? Not on my watch. For reasons in this blog the word Retreat means “taking a moment to pause with your team to set goals for moving forward”. And that’s just what we’re doing this month.

How many companies require their crew to have a laptop/cell phone ‘banned day’ in order to focus on the future? How …

Cooking With the Competition

August, 14, 2014 SusanGraham | Posted in: Featured Post

Recruiting is a very competitive business. We are constantly striving to place our candidates with the very same customers as our competition and are motivated by this competitive spirit that is in our DNA. Without it, we’d be left in the dust.

I have always found it interesting how competitors fear each other. “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. How ridiculous that notion is to me! In the …

Moneyball

August, 05, 2014 SusanGraham | Posted in: SGC

A colleague suggested I watch Moneyball – a movie made in 2011 starring Brad Pitt. He thinks I am too close to my employees which makes it harder to make difficult hiring/terminating decisions. That doesn’t seem like such a bad homework assignment, I thought. “You’ll learn valuable lessons in that movie.” he told me. “I’m going to quiz you once you’ve watched it.”

Moneyball, I learned, is about “baseball during …

He Accepted our Rose

July, 22, 2014 SusanGraham | Posted in: Local Events, SGC

I’m not into Realty TV. OK – I occasionally watch Long Island Medium, trying to figure out if Teresa Caputo can really connect with loved ones who have passed. I’ve watched an episode (or two) of Sister Wives trying to figure out WHAT really goes on in that family. I’ve never watched Honey Boo Boo and have never met anyone who does. This season – however – I broke down …

The Importance of 50

July, 15, 2014 SusanGraham | Posted in: Local Events, SGC

When my kids were in kindergarten, they came home from school with a homework assignment while they were learning how to count. On the 50th day of school they were told to bring in 50 ‘of something’. I remember counting out pennies, cheerios, gummy bears, toothpicks, and M&M’s. 50 was an important number, they learned. It is halfway to 100. There are 50 United States. Turning 50 usually means you …

We Are Storm Chasers

July, 03, 2014 SusanGraham | Posted in: SGC

Recruiters need time off, too. Our minds are spinning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our network of candidates twists around and around in our brains like mini tornado’s – constantly strategizing how to best match our clients with those who have the best skills and personality. We love it. We’re like storm chasers. The more we have going on, the better we produce.

I recently took a …

It’s Not Just a Number’s Game

June, 04, 2014 SusanGraham | Posted in: Jobs

Today the magic number is 27. Yesterday it was 22. Sometimes it dips to 10 or 12, but we don’t sleep well on those nights.

Twenty seven is the number of IT jobs we have today for which we are determined to find really great people. Our clients know we can do it and have trusted us to do it again. And again. Twenty seven times.

IT Recruiters are born …

Memorial Day and Hershey, PA

May, 27, 2014 SusanGraham | Posted in: Local Events, SGC

Memorial Day commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for us. Today I wrote to a 14 year old boy who lives in Kansas City, MO., telling him how much I was thinking of his Dad. You see, Braydon Nichols’ father, Brian, lost his life when the Chinook helicopter he was flying in Afghanistan was shot down in August of 2011. ( http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/08/09/chinook.son.ireport/ ) I happened to be watching NBC National …

Boutiques – Not Just For Hair Anymore

May, 13, 2014 SGC | Posted in: Marketing, SGC

Let me tell you about my friend Curtis.  Curtis is an “Internet Marketing Specialist” who knows more about how to make things like ranking and placement and optimization improvements to your website than anyone I have ever met.  Sure, I’ve dropped acronyms like SEO around my non-technical friends, impressing them with my fictitious knowledge of what it really means and what it actually does.  I’ve spoken to my staff about …

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